Pitsea is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1688
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PITSEA, a village and a parish in Billericay district, Essex. The village stands near a creek of the Thames and near the Southend railway, 5 miles WSW of Rayleigh; and has a station on the railway. The parish is mainly peninsulated by creeks, and includes part of Canvey island. Post-town, Rayleigh, under Chelmsford. Acres, 2,167; of which 125 are water. Real property, £2,196. Pop., 263. Houses, 57. The property is divided among a few. The manor was held, at the Norman conquest, by Ulneva, the wife of Phin. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £420. Patron, alternately the Hon. L. F. Dawnay and the Rev. G. Heath-cote. The church stands on a knoll, commanding a fine view of the surrounding country and the Thames; and it has a tower.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

PITSEA (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Billericay, hundred of Barstable, S. division of Essex, 4½ miles (W. S. W.) from Rayleigh; containing 304 inhabitants. It is situated on Pitsey creek, an arm of the river Thames, which winds round its southwestern extremity, forming a small peninsula. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £16. 13. 4., and in the joint patronage of the Dawnay family, and J. Heathcote, Esq.; net income, £313. The church, which occupies a commanding eminence, is an ancient edifice, consisting of a nave and chancel, with a tower of stone surmounted by a shingled spire.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


Poll Books


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Billericay
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Barstable
  • Poor Law Union: Billericay
  • Hundred: Barstable
  • Province: Canterbury

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